If we have a team, let's make a competition!
So, racecourse is my laptop. Some Penguins are already living on hard disk, some will be running from CD, some will be running from USB drive.
Time will be counting from the time when GRUB selection is made (for HDD install) or from start of CD/USB boot selection in BIOS for those who start from there. If there are any requirements to enter any details in order to start system, time to make correct selection or type details is also taken into account.
Stopwatch will be stopped when computer is booted and ready for use, including WiFi connection made (where possible). If WiFi requires separate configuration (password entry etc), this time is also taken into account.
I know some of these assumptions makes competition unfair for CD/USB launched systems, but let it be this way.
Stopwatch is reset!
Ready! Steady! Go!
Here are results:
|Ubuntu 10.10||HDD||65 sec|
|Kubuntu 10.10||HDD||68 sec|
|Puppy 5.1.1||HDD frugal install||61 sec||With KDE 3.5.12 which is not standard for Puppy|
|Damn Small Linux (DSL)||CD||90 sec||With SATA support, no network|
|Fedora 13||USB||107 sec|
I will not include Windows XP boot time in the table not to scary anyone. To be honest, WinXP boot time was OK initially on naked system. Then it was significantly increased once additional software is installed, as this software silently adds startup services... That is Windows...
Once I have more systems tested, I will put them into the table, which is going to be published as separate page.
But for now you see the results... HDD startup time does differ much for different Linux distributives, being it fully functional Ubuntu or "pocket" targeted Puppy.